Women's Rowing Sweeps Day Two Action at George Washington Invitational
April 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy women’s rowing team capped off its efforts at the George Washington Invitational with a perfect 8-for-8 showing on Saturday. Facing off with George Washington and Duquesne, the Mids won four times in the morning versus the Colonials and four times in the afternoon versus the Dukes.
“I may sound like a broken record, but today was another great day for Navy rowing,” said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. “We won every event that we raced in this weekend and did so in dominant fashion in a good number of them. All of our teams performed great. In V8 racing, we won the morning race versus GW fairly big and then came out in the afternoon and crushed a Duquesne squad that came in 2-0 at the Invitational. This was a great weekend, where we showed what a strong and deep group of athletes and competitors that we have.”
Navy’s novice eight crew began the morning action versus George Washington and cruised to a 21.3-second victory, 6:44.70-7:05.00 in the third varsity race.
The Mids’ deep V4 program flexed its muscle with another one-two finish at the Invite as the ‘B’ boat finished first with a time of 6:59.60, just 0.9 seconds ahead of the ‘A’ boat (7:00.50). George Washington’s entry finished third at 7:20.50.
In their final two races of the morning, the Mids’ 2V8 boat won by 8.43 seconds (6:32.10 – 6:40.53) before the V8 crew won by 11 seconds (6:14.90-6:25.90).
Back on the water four hours later, Navy faced off with Duquesne in a four-race lineup. The Mids and Dukes battled in two varsity four races, a second varsity eight and concluded with a varsity eight competition.
The first of two varsity four races was the B4 event. Consisting of Navy’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ crews and Duquesne’s ‘B’ squad, the Mids finished first and second with times of 7:24.70 and 7:42.90 by its ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, respectively. Duquesne’s entry finished third at 8:09.40.
In the first varsity four race, Navy’s ‘A’ team cruised to a dominant 33-plus second win, 7:27.70-8:01.50.
Navy entered two boats in the second varsity eight race and saw both of its teams finish above of Duquesne. The Mids’ ‘A’ boat won with a time of 6:48.00, while its novice eight team came in with a 6:51.20 result. Duquesne finished the 2000-m course at 6:55.70.
In the final competition of the weekend, Navy’s V8 boat earned its largest margin of victory in three head-to-head races as it won by 17.9 seconds, 6:33.00-6:50.90.
As a result of their perfect 11-for-11 showing, Navy won the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl with 108 total points, 36 points ahead of the runner-up program, MIT.
Navy will be back in action in a week with a three-team meet in Philadelphia versus St. Joseph’s and Rutgers.
3rd Varsity 8
- Navy – 6:44.70
- GW – 7:05.00
- Navy ‘B’ – 6:59.60
- Navy ‘A’ – 7:00.50
- GW – 7:20.50
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy – 6:32.10
- GW – 6:40.53
- Navy – 6:14.90
- GW – 6:25.90
- Navy – 7:24.70
- Navy ‘B’ – 7:42.90
- Duquesne – 8:09.40
- Navy – 7:27.70
- Duquesne – 8:01.50
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy – 6:48.00
- Navy ‘B’ – 6:51.20
- Duquesne – 6:55.70
- Navy – 6:33.00
- Duquesne – 6:50.90
2nd Varsity 8+
Varsity 4 "A"
Varsity 4 "B"
Varsity 4 "C"
Novice 8+ (Raced in the 3V8 event and as ‘B’ in 2V8)
Cox: Cindy Nestor, Helen Robertson, Paige Stateler, Caroline Fender, Taylor Hart, Aria Dang, Alison Koenig, Hannah Sperl, Lauren Webb